[Applause]Everytime we finish a book we post here[Praise] (120)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-11 06:20 ID:CwXuimoY

This is a nice thread. Let's have a book edition.

I just read my first book by Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle". Murakami gets a lot of praise in these parts, and after reading this book, I can confirm that it isn't unfounded. The book to me felt a bit weaker towards the end, but I really liked hearing the stories of Nomonhan, Siberia, and such.

2 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-11 20:13 ID:jX99DM0X

I just finished that today too! I totally agree btw.

3 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-12 15:53 ID:aDIn5TI2

Just finished Man in Revolt by Albert Camus. I'm not so sure how I feel about it, but mostly I'm just upset that May 68 didn't take off and that Camus didn't live to see that last rebellion.

4 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-14 14:17 ID:crjrQSGh

i just finished Eldest by Christopher Paolini. It was pretty good and I enjoyed it a lot more than the first book in the series Eragon

5 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-18 01:44 ID:VJw0yF3I

Finished "The Quitter", MASTERPIECE!

6 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-20 21:06 ID:Heaven


i kno, isnt it liek teh gr8est? i so totly cant wayt for the next book, Inheritence: return of the Jedi!!!! wat aboot u?

On a serious note, I just finished the kalevala. Woot for excellence and epic poetry at its finest.

7 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-27 18:18 ID:Vgr9jO1B

Just finished The Scar by China Mieville and i have to say it was excellent really everyone should read at least one book from the bas-lag universe.

8 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-27 20:38 ID:rgOmg/E9

TR: The Last Romantic by H. W. Brands

Fascinating picture of one of my favorite presidents. I thought it was very informative and I always love hearing about how badass TR was.

9 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-01 08:15 ID:IszDTctc

Just finished Kakfa on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. After reading Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norweigian Wood, The Elephant Vanishes, and Hard-Boiled Wonderland it's all sort of blending together. This seemed like the weakest book of his I've read, but it might just be that they're all the same and I'm tired of them.

10 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-09 22:52 ID:azg5UHyi

Just finished reading Apocalypse Culture II, edited by Adam Parfrey. And I heartily recommend it to all interested in material most companies would consider "unprintable" (the printers actually wouldn't print it without some small censoring of certain art pieces in the book)

11 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-10 10:36 ID:omCyuOPN

Just finsihed "Der Chinese" by Henning Mankell.
What a great book. Recommend it for everyone interested in politics, history and crime.

12 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-14 03:38 ID:NTN1wxv1

Just finished House of Leaves.

Still wondering what the big deal is about (though I will admit to being freaked at least once).

13 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-15 14:51 ID:/gxipQfc

Ok, gets interested already....

14 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-19 01:14 ID:omCyuOPN

>>11 again. I finished "The killing hour" by Paul Cleave today. The story was a little confusing and it was not as funny as "The Cleaner" but still had a lot of charme and - of course - guts and gore.
Paul Cleave is really becoming one of my favorite writers. Any recommendations what to read next?

15 Name: Bookworm : 2010-03-22 23:01 ID:eU0EIB6D

I just finished the Gunslinger by Stephen King, now working on The Drawing of the Three.

16 Name: Bookworm : 2010-04-06 19:51 ID:CTKHxwU3

I just finished "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss. It was a fun and humorous read.

17 Name: Bookworm : 2010-04-15 18:31 ID:cx95CPPk

"Voyage of the Dawn Treader" by C.S. Lewis.

I got it when I was a kid, but I still love it.

18 Name: Bookworm : 2010-04-16 00:36 ID:nHaTFRG3



—C.S. Lewis

19 Name: Bookworm : 2010-04-16 16:13 ID:EHTi0vgR


The guy was awesome.

He smoked a pipe for fucks sake. You silly excuse for a human being you.

20 Name: Bookworm : 2010-04-22 06:04 ID:VV6TCMkF

Flight of the Dragon Kyn
Dragons Milk

Both by Susan Fletcher
Both amazing childrens books..

21 Name: Sir_Sol : 2010-04-28 08:48 ID:Ao2P9apm

I just finished "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham. Probably one of the most insightful, sentimental novels in our post-modern era. If you're into modern-day life and complex emotions, then I highly recommend you read it. Very poetic. =)

22 Name: Bookworm : 2010-04-29 04:18 ID:V9hfz4Cy

"The Stranger" By Albert Camus.

A little slow, but epic in my opinion.

It's one of those books that brings you into the experience of the character, and it's not always fun, but when you've read it, you find that it's fulfilling. Hard to explain... I guess you have to read it to get what I mean, but anyway, it's a great book, very much worth a read.

23 Name: Bookworm : 2010-05-03 23:51 ID:eU0EIB6D

>>15 here. I'm a slow reader. I just finished Drawing of the Three but currently don't have access to The Waste Lands at the moment. I should be able to get it by the end of the week.

So far, I'm digging the Dark Tower series. Its a lot different than the other Stephen King books I've read. Its kind of a conglomerate of genres. Very interesting. I'm not gonna recommend reading it yet, as I haven't finished the series, but its really good thus far.

24 Name: Bookworm : 2010-05-10 08:33 ID:sKQDnWx3

"The Hobbit"

Never read anything by Tolkien before, it was good. I like the manners and pleasantries especially (lol, I know the book is about an epic adventure, but I've seen/read so many they hardly phase me-not to say the main plot was lacking: it was excellent).

It's so comfy.

I wish people were like that these days. Especially on the internet! I'm tired of people being assholes to each other!

25 Name: Bookworm : 2010-05-30 17:08 ID:8TKv8HTd

"The Woman in the Dunes" by Kobo Abe

26 Name: Bookworm : 2010-06-20 05:20 ID:m74gImVi


Finished the Wastelands and now on Wizard and Glass.

27 Name: Bookworm : 2010-09-06 17:39 ID:Xgl7Zz1M

Murders in the rue Morgue and other stories by Edgar Allan Poe

28 Name: Bookworm : 2010-09-08 07:48 ID:GENxOTxA

I just finished "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse. Sheer brilliance. Hesse is a master of his craft and did an excellent job of blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. Wonderful novel.

29 Name: Bookworm : 2010-09-10 00:39 ID:rO6gRqPQ


Forgot to say I finished Wizard and Glass. I also finished Wolves of the Calla. Starting Song of Susannah now.

Though I was tempted to read Salem's Lot instead because the main character of Salem's Lot is a character in Wolves of the Calla and possibly the rest of the series. I've decided to read Salem's Lot after I finish the Dark Tower series.

Wizard and Glass is probably my favorite book in the series so far. Wolves of the Calla was pretty good too, but it was just so... fucking... long... with so much build-up that the climax was pretty anti-climactic.

30 Name: Bookworm : 2010-09-12 09:59 ID:9GMw/9Ur

I read all up to Wizard and Glass >>29, and at that point I realized that the only Stephen King book I ever read and liked was Running Man.

31 Name: Bookworm : 2010-09-25 01:42 ID:rO6gRqPQ

Just finished Song of Susannah. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Its kind of ridiculous with the fourth wall breakage. Next book is the last book!


I haven't read much of Stephen King outside the Dark Tower series. I think IT and Christine are the only other books I read. I enjoyed IT, while Christine was kind of... meh.

32 Name: Bookworm : 2010-10-21 22:39 ID:OSWDcuxr

It's my first time here, and I feel like I should post that the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was the last book I read.

Though it's been two years since OP finished that book...

33 Name: Bookworm : 2010-11-03 19:29 ID:bIDk5GFw

I finished The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Conner. Fucked up book, but it was pretty good. Lots of symbolic shit.

34 Name: Bookworm : 2010-11-27 00:18 ID:ChCDYyTT

Finished Amerika by Franz Kafka. Was fairly bored with how ordinary the plot was. And here I thought Kafka was all about weird-ass situations.

35 Name: Bookworm : 2010-11-28 12:51 ID:jzsjhMuO

Deadlight by Archie Roy -- an obscure science-fiction name over here in the U.S. -- was a fun read. Follows the persecution of a brilliant scientist by a secret organization following his discovery of a way by which one can look backwards in time and the creation of a device to accomplish the same. He is murdered (surprisingly early on, as well -- why we hardly hear what a great man he is before he gets himself shoved off a cliff!), the case of which taken up by his trusted colleague who eventually becomes a target himself.

Professionally, Roy is an astronomer with interests chiefly in neuroscience, psychology and parapsychology. The penultimate subject makes occasional appearances in mental illustrations during times of stress and fatigue. Most prominent however are details of academic life, giving one something of an inkling of the feelings of a man cast from his comfortable scholarship into absolute disarray.

You know what, the fucking book is only two-hundred pages. I've already given three-fourths of it away and I'm sure to spoil the entire god damned thing if I keep talking.

36 Name: OTL : 2010-12-22 08:04 ID:/+tAeqen

Finished "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. It was a pretty good book, but definitely overhyped from what I had heard.

37 Name: Bookworm : 2010-12-31 16:00 ID:j+8jH/lN

1633 by Eric Flynt and David Weber. Solid alternative history, well researched and fun to read. Looking forward to starting on The Baltic War later today.

38 Name: Bookworm : 2011-03-21 17:16 ID:WJonm89j

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein. Fun book, and looking up the few Russian expressions didn't get too annoying either. Recommended for anyone looking to get into this guy's books.

39 Name: Bookworm : 2011-04-22 22:55 ID:jNt6ptGK

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Most accurate portray of the military.

40 Name: Bookworm : 2011-05-01 12:24 ID:K6+gqxgg

41 Name: Bookworm : 2011-05-08 02:49 ID:H8y/WIdq

Bourne Identity. Bourne Supremacy.

Ehhh.,..I like my paperback page turners. Now I just need to get hold of the last book.

42 Name: grey!C.MxxuCiTo : 2011-06-20 21:16 ID:zJ5dc0jb

I finished The Mote in Gods Eye and Ringworld and now I'm reading Ringworld Engineers.

43 Name: Bookworm : 2011-06-24 01:22 ID:J63mSUYh

When Gravity fails, I ordered it after playing some of Circuits edge, the excellent older game based on it.

The book was pretty pointless, 75% of it is just the character wandering around drunk in the same bars again and again with virtually no plot development. I have actually counted, and there are more pages describing sex with transvestite prostitutes than there is in the book's ending climax.

Not a bad book, but could have done much better - 7-8/10

44 Name: Bookworm : 2011-07-20 21:23 ID:Loc/1qnu

Hayyy. Ringworld Engineers is pretty nice. Read it a couple weeks ago. Also just finished The Gripping Hand. Liked it too. Probably will follow up with Ringworld's Children.

45 Name: Bookworm : 2011-07-29 21:12 ID:+b+NJq7h

Finished the 4 Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy books and The Catcher In The Rye in under a week. I'm now going to start reading Asimov's Foundation series.

46 Name: Bookworm : 2011-08-03 09:33 ID:WUal9kqI


>the 4 Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy books

I've got some bad news for you ...

47 Name: Bookworm : 2011-08-05 16:28 ID:KWqCIOnL

Altered Carbon, one of my new favorites...now for the rest of the tak...

48 Name: Bookworm : 2011-08-07 20:36 ID:+b+NJq7h

Oh fuck, I didn't know there were more. I read an omnibus version that contained "The trilogy of four". Oh well, I was kind of sad that it was over, so this is actually a good thing.

49 Name: Bookworm : 2011-08-10 23:33 ID:0fBDCq9a

I just finished reading the Nietzsche Compendium. 'Beyond Good and Evil' is confusing as hell.

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51 Name: Bookworm : 2011-10-09 02:11 ID:hr2Nf3IV

Hmmm... finished a few recently.

Fellowship of the Ring

Drive-away Man

Tired of Death

All really good.

52 Name: Bookworm : 2011-10-09 09:22 ID:mWFA90oZ

Lately I found myself reading books about primary and pre-school: Totto-chan, by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, an account of an alternative primary school in Japan, Tolstoy's Popular Education (a booklet expounding Tolstoy's views on primary education, not for the faint of heart reader), Duishen by Chingiz Aitmatov, a novella on the story of an almost analphabet Kazakh who decides to start a school in his village. But the best of them was To Children I Give My Heart, an account by Vasily Sukhomlinsky of how he organized primary education in a small village in Ukraine just after WWII. Extremely humane and illuminating, with an exotic political background to boot.

53 Name: Bookworm : 2011-10-10 19:05 ID:+Syf89I6

Buddhism: a Concise Introduction, by Huston Smith and Philip Novak. Very good book, delivers a good summary of buddhist beliefs and explains the different traditions that have developped in Asia. Also spends a good deal of time explaining Buddhism in the US, which was also interesting.

An excellent way of getting around that subject in a single small book.

54 Name: Bookworm : 2011-10-25 06:46 ID:4HMR3/1b

Storm Front, by Jim Butcher, first book of the Dresden Files series. A film noir inspired murder story with lots of magic (the narrator is a contemporary sorceror) and faë (vampires, little folk, etc).

Plot and characters are very basic and cliched, but the self parody makes it entertaining enough to finish the book. However that's enough of Dresden Files for me.

55 Name: Bookworm : 2011-10-27 22:49 ID:9gN2r2M4

Something fresh by PG Wodehouse

56 Name: Bookworm : 2011-11-19 22:11 ID:dqGdGdBq

Deep Fathom by James Rollins.

It didn't end the way I expected, but then I don't really know how I expected it to end. I just know I didn't expect the ending it had. Also I think the author might be anti-American, or at least anti-CIA.

57 Name: Bookworm : 2011-11-30 22:44 ID:QRP+7t2K

Finished book 4, Inheritance from the Inheritance cycle.
Oh, Eragorn, why must you pay such a price?

58 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-06 18:01 ID:dCCFDV19

High rise by JG Ballard

Man, I absolutely loved this book. It has a practical mirror image of many plot ideas I had been wanting to write (I had even gone so far as wanting the action to occur in a high-rise at one point). Makes me happy and yet sad to see that so much of what I wanted to make has already been completed.

Character psychology is wonderfully imperfect and yet driving. The brief, quasi-sociological descriptions of what is actually happening fit the pace nicely. All in all, I think I'm going to be reading quite a bit more of this fellow

59 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-15 20:21 ID:dCCFDV19

Escape from Freedom, Erich Fromm

I have mixed feelings about this book. A practical analysis of Nazism at times. but just as often a wishy-washy romanticization of the practical limits of freedom. In his hurry to point out that human beings are so often alienated and controlled externally, Fromm neglects to point out the even internally the individual is controlled. His descriptions of alienation however, are top notch. One cannot help but draw comparison during to Elull's The Technological Society.

Sometimes useful, most often without practical application. A mixed bag I suppose

60 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-16 05:11 ID:Heaven

I gave up on the collected works of Alexander Pope. He's got some excellent epigrams, but anything longer bores me to death.

61 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-16 15:43 ID:f9+SPwhR

I just finished The Maltese Falcon, it was pretty good.

62 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-18 05:45 ID:rGRCS59g

Finished The Girl Who Played With Fire.
I loved that series except for the last book. The author suddenly starts shoving science fiction into the magic and Eragon gets fucking squat for everything he went through. I love the series so much but it ended so badly.

63 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-30 00:33 ID:dgsx+afK

Finished The Wall by Jean Paul Sartre. I haven't read fiction in a while and my critical reading skills have gone to shit. Did enjoy several of the character studies though.

64 Name: Bookworm : 2012-08-08 06:10 ID:dCCFDV19

[i]No simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945[/i]

Norman Davies REALLY hates Stalin. And Norman Davies REALLY wants to let you know all about it. Over and over and over again.

Excellent and balanced analysis of the wartime situation. Bleeding heart commemoration of every boy and his dog killed by the soviet regime. Occasionally it fits, most of the time it is just anecdotal irrelevancies. He also has a soft spot for Poland, you'd think there were more poles in the western armies than Canadians and Free French.

Don't get me wrong, the book is extremely detailed and deserves reading if you want a political evaluation of the war. The evidence is certainly well-researched and certainly not distorted. Davies just happens to really hate the soviets

65 Name: Bookworm : 2012-08-08 06:11 ID:dCCFDV19

somehow I knew that was going to happen. Hey, can't say I tried

66 Name: ni : 2012-08-25 07:42 ID:Zb0HG0BI


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67 Name: Bookworm : 2012-12-07 20:34 ID:DNpM9wPA

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.

Zipped through it. It was fun what with the Niel Gaiman and mythology and gods intersecting with real life.

68 Name: Bookworm : 2013-03-23 22:26 ID:VYt12S3z

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk.

It's a murder mystery novel set in Istanbul in the 1500s, and every bit as bizarre as that sounds. I rather enjoyed it, despite the bits about sticking needles in people's eyes.

69 Name: Bookworm : 2013-06-07 13:38 ID:WRxbX3wz

The Man in the High Castle
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Flow My Tears, Said the Policeman
A Scanner Darkly

Philip K Dick is the only author who matters

70 Name: Bookworm : 2013-08-22 19:33 ID:FcX9oCBn

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

It was horrible. Very well written and all, but the subject matter was just relentlessly miserable.

71 Name: Bookworm : 2013-08-23 01:54 ID:LSQ9kZsF

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Time Out of Joint. Thanks >>69, I was looking for more Philip K. Dick to read.

72 Name: eizi 42th : 2013-11-01 11:18 ID:3nBB5iRD


Anyone else?

73 Name: Bookworm : 2014-01-08 08:36 ID:fSd2nmlD

Dead Lucky: Life after death on Mount Everest by Lincoln Hall

I was promised that it was something of a typical mountaineering memoir crossed with a hypoxia-driven hallucination but this assessment is overblown. It's at least 95% lucid. Of these books, it's one of the better ones.

Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil

Another memoir of the semi-disastrous 2006 season which Lincoln Hall barely survived. This stern warning about the dangers of the worst place in the world will likely do nothing to keep people away from it. You pretty much climb over frozen corpses to get to the top these days.

High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas

Turns out everything about Everest these days is a scam from base camp prostitution, to Sherpa con men, to people passing cheap Indian welding gas off as Poisk oxygen. I bet Everest isn't even really the tallest mountain!

74 Name: Bookworm : 2014-01-24 11:39 ID:fSd2nmlD

Lost in Moscow: A Brat in the USSR by Kirsten Koza

This is the true story of a Canadian, who in 1977 at the age of 11, went on a cultural exchange trip to the USSR with a group of other children from around the world. At the height of the Brezhnev stagnation, the shortages of food and basic consumer goods is apparent even to these kids, whose heavily-censored trip was meant to showcase the best the Soviet Union had to offer (its Party elite). Written in the frantic tone of a hyperactive child thrust into absurdities of a Soviet summer camp, I found it very funny. A weird find. Highly recommended.

75 Name: Bookworm : 2014-01-26 15:22 ID:hEdkJ/UG

A Scanner Darkly - Philip K Dick
Kingdom of Fear - Hunter S Thompson

76 Name: japanese old boy : 2014-03-21 07:09 ID:owb9yEvJ

Your English is good at it!

78 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 11:43 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt

If it's about anything other than Everest, it's not worth reading! This one in particular is quite confusing since it's mostly translated from Russian/broken English. An interesting response to Into Thin Air. Turns out the "villain" of that book spent a lot of time at high altitude fixing ropes and nearly killing himself rescuing his own clients, mostly explaining his absence from the actual disaster of 1996. Climbing Everest is still a stupid idea, though. I've got it scheduled for 2019. Please throw my corpse over the side onto the pile, please.

79 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 11:50 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Has some interesting ideas that are statistically accurate, but won't convince anyone. A short read with very interesting ideas. If you're into controversy, it turns out that abortion is actually a very good thing from a very limited economic perspective. Then again, Rhodesia was a very good thing from a very limited economic perspective (but also made no one happy).

80 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 11:59 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens

Not sure when my mother got all super atheist, but it was right around the time she retired and didn't have to be polite to anyone ever again. So I got this book (or long essay?) shoved in my face.

Hitchens never has anything nice to say, not even about Mother (Fucking) Teresa. Turns out she was cool with terrible right-wing dictators and misappropriated donations. Then again, that's the Catholic hierarchy in general. If you're looking for a reason to hate a saint, go for it. If you prefer to believe she was a generally good person, or that anyone can ever be anything approaching any Christian definition of good, I'd ignore it.

81 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 12:15 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Rossiya: Voices from the Brezhnev Era by Alex Shinshin

A slightly interesting memoir of a trek across the USSR and the Eastern Bloc in the 1970s. Traveling from Vladivostok to Poland, Shinshin most-memorably notes subtle instances of Soviet rebellion in an era when supposedly no such thing existed. If you're into this sort of thing, you'll like it. Otherwise, you'll wonder why I'm even bothering to type so many (72) words about it.

82 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 12:50 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris

OM[Undefined], we get it. Christian/Islamic fundamentalism is awful. We know. This book seems to insist we can be "spiritual" without any god and that mostly involves Buddhism. Sure, whatever dude. The Buddha gets his oranges and incense as part of my personal superstition, and I live your dream or not, or whatever. In the meantime, my adopted gods have obviously acquired a taste for Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter Energy Bars in addition to their favorite bananas, as evidenced by my good fortune in traveling the South Pacific. Watch me fail to give a fuck and continue to leave offerings for the good of my wayward traveling companions who give their offerings to the wrong piles of rocks. I guess this might appeal to you if you have never once heard of an alternative worldview. Otherwise: atheism, yadda, yadda, yadda, the most-logical option.

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84 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 21:39 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Sorry, I can't believe there's such a market for these books.

85 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-02 07:47 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Russia House by John le Carré

Imagine James Bond told from the perspective of his accountants. It's kind of like that. Except imagine that the James Bond in question fell into spying after his career in banking fell through. Not sure why this was forced on me, but hey, it offers some highly fictionalized accounts of the everyday early Perestroika-era Soviet lifestyle and I dig that for some reason. An entirely bureaucratic spy novel.

86 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-02 08:08 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Vast Unknown by Broughton Coburn

It's about the first American expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. After having been beaten in the race to #1 in nearly everyone else by 1963, Americans seek to play catch up in mountaineering too. Notable for a few technical firsts, the expedition was otherwise routine, including the death of one member. As far as these books go, it's OK. The best part is mention of the Camel cigarettes tie-in promotion. Oh, 1963, you so silly.

87 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-02 09:11 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

Difficult to read if only because everyone has a difficult name. Gives a highly-fictionalized account of the many trials of the Norse Greenlanders in a style sort-of reminiscent of the sagas. Greenlanders were the hardest of Viking remnants, who managed to eke out an existence through primitive pastoralism in the worst theoretically-habitable place on earth. They did this for close to five hundred (miserable) years. They died out due to isolation, climate change, and invasion on two fronts. Take note, Western World! Or read about Rapa Nui, I guess.

Otherwise, cherish hilarious (in the Icelandic-sense, so not particularly) tales of St. Olaf the Greenlander and the various drawn-out stories of so-and-so's-dottir living a full and detailed life before suddenly dying by falling through thin ice while seeking out her lost sheep. If you're into misery porn, you might as well learn something from it! Read it!

88 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-09 10:32 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Taken from a series of magazine articles, it sure has that feel to it. Interesting stuff, most of which is plastic is bad, m'kay. If you deny the human influence on climate change, then buy six copies, have them delivered overnight air, burn them, read it on your good iPad and have a good laugh. Otherwise, it might make you a little nervous about the future.

89 Name: Bookworm : 2016-04-02 06:30 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Las Vegas is in Clark County, Nevada. This story is about Hugette Clark. The woman inherited something like $300M, when that kind of money was a lot more than a Powerball prize. She used her fortune to live as a recluse in a New York apartment for thirty years and thirty+ more in a hospital room. All this while she owned sizable estates on the Santa Barbara and Delaware coasts that she hadn't visited in sixty years. Purely from an accounting perspective, this is a lot of fun!

90 Name: Bookworm : 2016-04-28 00:37 ID:uK1l8L95

Man I need to start reading again

91 Name: Bookworm : 2016-07-05 01:09 ID:IaD7nxEl

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

A Japanese woman obsessed with throwing things out and organizing (she admits to reading home magazines from age 5 for tips) tells you that you will be happier if you do the same. Essentially, you are to go through all of your possessions, hold eat item in your hands, and if it doesn't "spark joy," discard it. Gets wierder as you go along; at one point she advises people to thank things for their service as they are discarded. Heretical animism aside, she has a decent method. It won't change your life, but I was motivated to get rid of some things.

92 Name: Bookworm : 2016-08-09 17:42 ID:D9/mWCVp

I think the thanking is a good idea. For whatever reason, people get unduly attached or committed to their items. I guess it's the sunk cost fallacy. Making that commitment explicit by "thanking" it, makes it easy to get over and realize it was just a tool that had a purpose which is no longer needed without feeling guilty.

93 Name: Bookworm : 2016-08-30 05:33 ID:+Q4uelD3


Me too

94 Name: Bookworm : 2016-10-08 18:10 ID:lF4hvNsB

<i>Constellation Games</i> by Leonard Richardson

A disenchanted antihero game developer quickly becomes a pivotal player in a first-contact scenario by reviewing alien video games. I loved this book and I plan to read it again soon. Highly recommended for science fiction fans who also happen to be programmers.

95 Name: Bookworm : 2019-09-08 01:09 ID:fESqXmxM

Serotonin, by Houellebecq.

It was bleak. I love this author.

96 Name: Bookworm : 2019-11-05 13:18 ID:l31cmCac

I recently finished The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje. It had some really breathtaking prose, and the narrative structure is also fantastic.

97 Name: Bookworm : 2020-10-07 02:09 ID:bVHDjfST

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney

I fucking lmao when Greg's dad dumped a garbage can of water on teens for Halloween, classic.

98 Name: Bookworm : 2020-10-10 15:50 ID:ndOGv5GW

I finished Profesor Unrat by Heinrich Mann yesterday. It's about a paranoid nutcase of a teacher and it's beautiful. I've read afterwards that it#s about social critique and changing politics embedded in the historical context in which it was conceived yada yada yada but I think it's quality is vastly increased if you read it like it is. Compared to Thomas Heinrich's style is a lot more funky and interesting but also more light-hearted so it hits altogether differently.

I liked that one as well, I read Oblomov some time before that and somewhat hoped he would kill himself so I was welcoming the serotonin ending

99 Name: Bookworm : 2020-12-08 17:42 ID:mFXuGBPU

Just finished "Flower for Algernon", by Daniel Keyes.
It got me in tears at the end, I just realized how much potencial I am wasting with each passing day by doing nothing at all, while so many people wished they had the opportunities I have.
It is a very good read and I can't recommend it enough.

100 Name: Bookworm : 2020-12-23 00:12 ID:izY1XUaU

I read that when I was a teen and cried as well at the ending.

101 Name: Bookworm : 2020-12-31 04:35 ID:Heaven

i am a heron. i ahev a long neck and i pick fish out of the water w/ my beak. if you dont repost this comment on 10 other pages i will fly into your kitchen tonight and make a mess of your pots and pans

102 Name: Bookworm : 2021-03-20 14:48 ID:PjipmUdq

Been reading the Redwall series, finished the first two books, about halfway through the third.
It's a pretty fun little series, but I remember catching a look at the wikipedia and seeing a mention of criticism of it being repetitious, and I have to agree with what I've read so far.
It's not a major deal breaker or anything but the riddles and exactly 2 named allies dying among other thins is annoyingly ever-present. The main protags are also all very similar but that's kind of the point so whatever. 3rd book is looking a little fresher at least so far.
Also I had the weirdest issue reading the first one in that it has some weird early installment thing where it's vaguely implied they live in a world with humans with human-sized carts and buildings and the like; it was really confusing to try and envision it in my head since other parts made it seem like things were the size of the animals. And Redwall itself is made much, much smaller in the 3rd book, so at least it's not an issue in the later entries.

103 Name: Bookworm : 2021-03-20 20:12 ID:HzO56iFC

furry detected

104 Name: Bookworm : 2021-04-21 20:05 ID:ZOsDbIyY

I've read The white nights, by Fedor Dostoievski. A short book, However, a great book.

106 Name: Bookworm : 2021-04-29 02:17 ID:7kLkyY91

Just finished Watership Down.
A thoroughly captivating read from beginning to end, beyond what I expected even as I already had high expectations. I'm not altogether sure why, but reading about the little group of rabbits fighting against the odds to achieve a happy life through strength and smarts was very satisfying. I also liked the sort of culture the rabbit's were given, it was clever and worked well in the narrative.
I was actually a bit surprised to find the story to be as happy and sentimental as it was; I had heard it was quite the brutal tale, and, while there was blood and death to be sure, it wasn't nearly as grim as I was expecting. I imagine that must be more associated with the movie, considering its own reputation as not being a typical children's film and knowing that The Plague Dogs movie, based on another book by the same author, was actually made more dismal than the book, if I remember correctly.
Altogether, I enjoyed this book immensely. It's no wonder its considered such a classic.

107 Name: Bookworm : 2021-05-12 18:34 ID:CdH/K4w/

frank heffley is a hero, it is true

108 Name: Bookworm : 2021-06-24 05:31 ID:JrjquRSQ

Read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Pretty standard fare I'd say, and, though the fact I was familiar with the movie adaptation probably gives me a bias to some extent, I feel the film was in fact a better piece of work, even considering the deus ex machina in the amulet. The novel was surprisingly rather bland and short, the main conflict just sort of came and went without much issue and even that much trouble for Mrs. Frisby aside from her capture; the movie did a lot to show a beautiful advanced world and definitely showed more of the protagonist's emotions and inner challenges. Actually having Jenner present as an antagonist helped the climax a great deal I believe as well, the scientists trying in vain to capture the rats was a lot weaker for an ending.
The story itself was fine at least, but I don't think it's very surprising the adaptation is much more famous.

109 Name: Bookworm : 2021-08-03 02:29 ID:NDrJ8vOO

Just finished reading Neuromancer. Been on my backlog for about ten years at this point, but so glad I finally got around to it. Some aspects are understandbly dated, but this serves only to contrast the amazing vision of “cyberspace” that existed in Gibson’s dreams, long before the advent of the internet. Brilliant stuff.

110 Name: Bookworm : 2021-11-28 18:28 ID:8X+poJvA

I read The Depths of Time by Roger MacBride Allen, borrowed from the Internet Archive’s digital library. It was pretty good, I might read the next book in the seties.

111 Name: Bookworm : 2022-01-07 04:29 ID:qEVgVWXD

Read Raptor Red a little while ago
An alright book, starts off pretty weak but it picks up quickly for the most part. The weird combination of anthropomorphic thoughts/actions alongside these really out of place overly-specific technical descriptions almost killed it for me, though it lessens up as it goes on (or I just got used to it). Word choice was kind of odd throughout the story as well, like the use of "Darwinian" 4 times in the first chapter and the use of the word "shit" like 6 times on one page and then never again. Just obtuse language here and there like the whole sentence "Another vital bit of information was added to the hard disk of her mental computer."
That kind of thing makes it VERY obvious this novel was written by a paleontologist and not a professional writer, which in all fairness has a charm of its own.
Like I said, it does get interesting and becomes a fun read but something about took me out of it every few pages.

112 Name: Bookworm : 2022-02-24 23:55 ID:DmJw1v7C

Finished The Hobbit. Reread it for the firs time in a long while. Might actually be better than I remembered, it's really charming and such a perfect distilled version of fantasy. Tolkien went a long way to make the story feel like it was actually being related to you in a really cozy way. And not being intimately tied into an overarching epic like LOTR is pretty nice too in that it's a short, pleasant read.

113 Name: Bookworm : 2022-10-24 05:24 ID:8wir969H

Finally finished Tolstoy's war and peace. it took me nearly 5 years but i'm finally done with it. a lot better than i thought it would be, i kept quitting and putting it off to read other stuff only to come back to it later. its actually pretty good once you get past the ancient writing style and just how slow and dry the start is. i wouldnt recommend it though. save yourself the time and read as summary online.

114 Name: Bookworm : 2022-11-03 13:49 ID:KMMOgeoy

Finished The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848 by Eric Hobsbawm.

The prose was very jarring at first, but I got used to it after the first ~50 pages and after that I appreciated the density. It's definitely not pop-history and you're going to need at least some basic knowledge of the time period in question if you want to take anything from this book. Hobsbawm gives only very basic round downs of the big setpiece events (French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, revolutions and coups of the early 1800's) and focuses on the societal preludes and aftermaths instead.

Hobsbawm's Marxist tendencies definitely shine through and he approaches the politics of the period with a very class-focused analysis. I don't think I'm smart or educated enough to really question his conclusions. The most interesting thing for me was reading about all the different political movements of the period. Some have very obvious analogues to more modern times, others not so much. I liked Hobsbawm's direct comparison between the "sansculottes" of France and movements like the Radicals in Britain and Andrew Jackson's coalition in the USA. These are presented as mostly positive populist forces but ones that lack any sort of agency or cohesive ideology of their own, at least until the working class parts of them split off into Chartism and proto-Communist movements.

I'll definitely read The Age of Capital now. I hope to get through the entire 19th century trilogy before I read Hobsbawm's book on the 20th century, which I heard is extremely insightful, realistic and even pessimist. If it's even half as informative as The Age of Revolution I can believe it.

115 Name: Bookworm : 2022-11-11 00:45 ID:oJFcF6TL

Just finished Political Theology by Carl Schmitt. It’s a short work, to the point, and can be finished in just two hours. Schmitt dives straight in with his famous definition of the sovereign as “he who decides on the state of exception.” From this he unfolds an infamous critique of liberal democracy manifest in the Weimar Republic. Schmitt argues that politics hinges on a distinction between friend and enemy, a fundamental distinction liberals try to deny or erase while in the process make things much worse. Whereas Schmitt advocates a pragmatic and realist engagement with the enemy, as someone who can be respected and traded with, liberals maniacal obsession with humanity leads to the dehumanization of the ‘other’ and this reduction of the enemy to less than human invites all kinds of brutal atrocities. Schmitt concludes that the ‘depoliticizing’ tendencies make liberal regimes unattractive and incapable. There is a lot of debate over Schmitt’s own politics and he’s relationship with Nazism, although a party member it’s debatable whether he was so out of genuine conviction or simply a pragmatic move to ensure his survival in Hitler’s Reich. Overall, I found Schmitt’s arguments to be thought provoking but not always entirely convincing, why exactly should we accept his claim that the political is founded on an antagonism? Nevertheless, his critique of liberalism helps us understand how that ideology has maintained a stranglehold over humanity despite the numerous atrocities it has inflicted on us.

116 Name: Bookworm : 2023-01-31 09:44 ID:mBLbiRkM

Industrial Society and Its Future by Ted Kaczynski.
Ted has a lot of great stuff to say about technological determinism and the creeping effects on human autonomy and freedom. Sadly, too much of his book is spent analyzing leftism, and while he makes a good point it's poorly worded and takes up too much space. It's a shame because you can bring in the Frankfurt School and look at how their criticisms of instrumental reason sit with Ted's anti-technological revolutionism. Nevertheless, it's a good read and worth picking up. Just be careful where you download it. The last thing you want is to end up on a government watchlist.

117 Name: Bookworm : 2023-02-17 22:00 ID:Heaven

Ted is a dumbass who doesn't know jack shit about history, anthropology or economics. His conception of premodern societies is laughable, like he got it all from Hollywood films. He then goes on to give a list of gripes rooted more in American yeoman frontier ideology than anything to do with the effects of industrialization.
I really hate how this ignorant serial killer managed to attract an online following of disaffected young guys. Disaffected young guys who invariable find and read his ramblings on an electric beep-boop machine in their cushy, first world, air-conditioned bedrooms.

118 Name: Bookworm : 2023-03-12 06:36 ID:W0Tg43C/

Messages to the World - Osama Bin Laden translated by Bruce Lawrence

Bin Laden spoke with eloquence and clarity while being the most wanted man in human history. But in the translated interview with Aljazeera reporter Tayseer Allouni, Osama falls apart and comes off as an incoherent chunni whackjob. Other than that, it's pretty simple: America commits crimes around the world and are evil. Nothing new or special. One thing that surprised me was Bin Laden didn't really have much of a political vision of the future he wants to create and he doesn't come up with elborate theories like most paranoid whackjob political types.


119 Name: Bookworm : 2023-03-27 16:22 ID:K5fpBNQg

You have to give Ted credit where it’s due. His ideas about technological determinism are pretty on point even if he is just a serial killer.

120 Name: Bookworm : 2023-04-15 07:23 ID:Kl17Qsiy

I few months ago I finished reading Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent.
Well, it did not change in how I view men and women.
The problem is that most of her struggles in a social setting were due to the fact that she was afraid that people would discover that she is in drag, and if those people discovered it, they would harm her.
The prose was nice, very easy to read.

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